Peter Kellner's Commentaries

Labour’s Scottish nightmare

31/10/2014
What YouGov's new Scotland poll says about the rise of the SNP, ... read more

Ukip, the Greens and the new politics of protest

27/10/2014
A fourth wild card is adding to the drama of the coming ... read more

England’s awkward answer to the West Lothian Question

20/10/2014
England’s politicians are caught between a rock and a hard place. The ... read more

Do angry Ukip voters threaten Tory future?

13/10/2014
David Cameron has six months in which to stop Ukip’s bandwagon. If ... read more

Loyalty Index hands advantage to Cameron

06/10/2014
The Conservatives’ lead may not last. It is probably a short-term reaction ... read more

Conservatives overtake Labour in voting intention

02/10/2014
The Conservatives have edged ahead of Labour for the first time since ... read more

Ukip, the SNP and the risks of parliamentary paralysis

29/09/2014
Why the days of decisive, first-past-the-post election outcomes in Britain might be ... read more

It's make or break for Miliband the unloved

22/09/2014
Scotland’s drama holds two big and uncomfortable lessons for Ed Miliband. The ... read more

Peter Kellner is President of YouGov. He was previously a journalist and political commentator for the Sunday Times, Independent, New Statesman, Evening Standard, BBC Newsnight, BBC election programmes and Channel 4 News.

He wrote the “Journalists' Guide to Opinion Polls” for the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. In 2011 he was given a Special Recognition award by the Political Studies Association for his work over four decades on opinion polls, elections and political analysis.

As well as being a member of the British Polling Council's committee on disclosure, Peter has been an adviser on polls and public opinion to the Bank of England, Foreign Office, Corporation of London, National Westminster Bank plc and Trades Union Congress.

Peter is also a member of the Council, National Institute of Economics and Social Research and a Trustee at the Action on Smoking and Health, the Hansard Society and Upring. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from Cambridge University.

Peter’s previous work includes:

  • Columnist, London Evening Standard, 1996-2003
  • Political analyst: Powerhouse, Channel Four, 1999-2003
  • Political analyst, BBC TV Newsnight & election programmes, 1989-1999
  • Director, Political Context, 1996-1998
  • Columnist and opinion poll analyst, Sunday Times, 1992-1996
  • Columnist and opinion poll analyst, The Independent, 1986-1992
  • Political Commentator, Week in Politics, Channel Four, 1982-1988
  • Political Editor, New Statesman, 1980-1987
  • Director, Middle East Economic Digest, 1984-1986
  • Staff journalist, Sunday Times, 1969-1980

Publications:

  • Author: Democracy: the 1,000-year struggle for British Liberty, 2009
  • Author: New Mutualism: The Third Way, 1998
  • Introduction to Thorns and Roses (Neil Kinnock’s speeches), 1992
  • Co-author: The Civil Servants, 1980
  • Co-author: Callaghan: The Road to Number Ten, 1976
  • Contributor to various books and pamphlets

Awards:

  • Special Recognition Award, Political Studies Association, 2011
  • Chairman of the Year, Quoted Companies Alliance, 2006

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